At Get Fresh Farms, we want to change the way food is grown. One tomato, one fish, one delicious head of lettuce at a time. We just don't think that it makes sense to have your tomatoes picked half-ripe and trucked in from thousands of miles away. So we grow our produce right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Since our climate is less than perfect for growing produce year-round, we grow our food in a greenhouse. In order to keep our environmental footprint as small as possible we grow our food in an aquaponics system.
In a nutshell, this means that we raise fish and plants in a closed-loop system. The fish provide the nutrients for the plants. The plants clean the water for the fish. And since fish don't like chemical pesticides and plants don't like antibiotics, we don't use either.
Some may wonder if we don't use chemical sprays or antibiotics why aren't we organic certified ? For starters the USDA doesn't currently have an organic fish standard set in place. Another roadblock is the rules and regulations for organic produce farms is only for soil farms. Below is a short video that breaks down our experience with organic certification and why we have chosen to move in a different direction.
If this sounds like your kind of food, here's how you can get your hands on some. If you're a local restaurant interested in fish or produce, give us a call or send us an email.
Our produce is also available to the general public through the YLNI Winter Farmers Market, and the Barr Street market through the summer months. (see our events page)